San Diego Earth Day presents ...

1996 EARTH Awards

Recognizing contributions to the
environment by groups and individuals

by Julaine Chattaway
e have proof that acting environmentally is good business. San Diego Earth Day's 1996 EARTH (Environmental Achievement and Restoration That Helps) Awards will be awarded to businesses, individuals and - for the first time this year - to a youth project. Master of Ceremonies Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmentalist, will present these awards at San Diego Earth Day's sixth annual VIP (Very Important Planet) Reception to be held on Thursday, April 18th at the Paladion in downtown San Diego.
The evening will begin with a Silent Auction of "Earth-friendly" goods donated to support SDED programs. The auction is set amongst a sumptuous buffet contributed by more than 25 area farms and restaurants involved with SDED's and Mothers and Others "Campaign for Sustainable Food Choices." Contributors to the buffet include: Monsoon, Bayou Bar & Grill, Cafe India, the Golden Door, Scudaloro, Star of India, Kung Food, Laurel, Kashi, Alaska Wild Teas, Fetzer Bonterra Organic Wines, and Earth's Choice Organic Coffees.
This "black-tie optional benefit for SDED is co-sponsored by Solar Turbines, Photomation West and with a contribution from The Nature Conservancy. Tickets are $25 and include valet parking. Make reservations by calling 496-3361.

Green ribbon committee

Approximately 30 companies, businesses, clubs and individuals were nominated. The nominees range from a San Diego semiconductor facility to a Mira Mesa 6th grader, who stopped the rezoning of an area because he noticed it was the home to very rare local wetlands.
The judges include: Scott Murray, a local organic farmer and industrial ecology consultant; Lori Saldaña, Chair of the Executive Committee of the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club; Carolyn Chase, a San Diego Earth Day and Citizen's for Clean Air Policy board member, and San Diego Earth Times editor; Bill Harris, a recycling specialist with the City of San Diego, Department of Environmental Services; and Julaine Chattaway (that's me), San Diego Earth Day Youth Outreach Coordinator. A special thanks is also due to George Story, the key SDED volunteer who contributed many hours in sending out and collecting applications.

The envelope, please

The following organizations have been nominated for an EARTH Award:

Youth Category

These nominees, from big corporations to individuals, prove that striving to be on the cutting edge environmentally is a powerful impetus for creating innovative technologies, products, processes and jobs. These people working to improve our local environment contribute greatly to improving and preserving our quality of life. We at San Diego Earth Day sincerely appreciate their efforts and encourage others to see what they can do to in their own lives to make a positive difference on this planet. Together, we CAN do it!
Please join us and meet these local innovators on April 18th from 6 to 9pm.
Send checks for $25 per ticket to: San Diego Earth Day P.O. Box 9817, San Diego CA 92169. Please mail checks by April 11; after the April 11, please call 496-3361.